Blazers announce 2018 Summer League roster
Welcome to Las Vegas
The Blazers officially announced their Summer Leauge roster on Monday. A list of undrafted rookies and old NBA vets will be joining a seven current Blazers down in Las Vegas.
From former Ducks and Beavers, to players from the NBA's past - Here is what we know about the guys that will be wearing the pinwheel this summer...
Anferneee Simons (IMG Academy, No.24 pick in 2018 draft)
College Stats: N/A
Summer League will be the first chance for a lot of Blazers fans to see Simons, and it will also result in a lot of growing pains for the young guard. Not only will it be the first 5-on-5 action he has played in some time, it will be the highest level of competition he has ever faced, having not played in college. For the Blazers, they will be looking to see if you can handle running an offense at this level and how he looks as a shot creator. It will go a long way in how the team decides to focus his development.
Gary Trent Jr. (Duke, No.37 pick in 2018 draft, acquired via trade)
College Stats: 14.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.4 apg
Trent Jr. was a great pickup for the Blazers. Since the Blazers declined a qualifying offer to Pat Connaughton, Trent very well could see rotation minutes in the regular season. Portland drafted him for his three-point prowess, and Summer League will show if he lives up to that standard.
MiKyle McIntosh (3 years at Illinois State, 1 year at Oregon, Rookie)
College Stats: 10.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.4 apg
McIntosh is a very intriguing player for the Blazers, and not just because he’s an Oregon Duck. McIntosh can be an explosive offensive player, plays good defense, and has a lot of upside. There aren’t a lot of roster spots open in the NBA, but a good showing in Sin City could result in a two-contract for McIntosh, maybe even with the Blazers.
KJ McDaniels (Clemson, 3-year NBA vet)
NBA Career Stats: 148 games, 5.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.6 apg
McDaniels was waived by the Raptors prior to the 2017-2018 season, and he may have a tough time finding a team in 2018-2019. The main reason? McDaniels shoots just 29% from deep for his career. That is not very good for a shooting guard in today’s NBA. But still, show the ability to dominate in the mid-range, or lockdown on defense, and maybe McDaniels gets another chance at NBA life.
John Jenkins (Vanderbilt, 5-year NBA vet)
NBA Career Stats: 145 games, 5.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.8 apg
Jenkins has five years of NBA experience but didn’t play in the NBA during the 2017-2018 season. Jenkins’ numbers aren’t great, and he has seen a steady decline in production since his rookie season in 2012. He, like a lot of vets in Vegas, will be hoping a strong performance in Summer League gives him a chance to at least sign with a team for training camp.
Archie Goodwin (Kentucky, 4-year NBA vet)
NBA Career Stats: 165 games, 6.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.2 apg
Archie Goodwin was actually with the Blazers during training camp last season but didn’t make the final roster. Goodwin has had a decent career, and averaged 7.9 ppg in 12 appearances for the Nets in 2017. Goodwin is good enough to land a roster spot in 2018-2019, it just won’t be with the Blazers. A lot of NBA teams will be taking a long look at him in Las Vegas.
Casper Ware (Long Beach State, 1-year NBA vet)
NBA Career Stats: 9 games, 5.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.1 apg
Ware went undrafted in 2012 and later signed two 10-day contracts with the 76ers in the 2013-2014 season, playing in just nine games. Ware did find some success in the French Pro A league and the Austrailian NBL, helping his Melbourne squad win the NBL Championship in 2017-18. Ware averaged 16.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season for Melbourne.
Langston Morris-Walker (Oregon State, no NBA experience)
College stats: 5.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.7 apg
If the name sounds familiar, it should. Morris-Walker played for the Oregon State Beavers from 2012-2016, averaging 5.2 points and 2.6 rebounds for his college career. Morris-Walker went undrafted in 2016 and has played the past two seasons in the Euro League. Landing on an NBA roster is a long shot for Morris-Walker, but the Summer League is a great chance for him to perhaps land a spot in the G-League,
The Current Blazers
Of course, Portland's rookies will be in Vegas, and they will be joined by Zach Collins, Caleb Swanigan, Jake Layman, Wade Baldwin, and Georgios Papagiannis.
For players like Baldwin, Layman, Papagiannis, and Swanigan this will be a chance to prove they deserve a spot in coach Stotts' regular rotation. As for Collins, who was a key bench contributor late in the season, Summer League will be a chance for him to refine his game and work more on his post game, which is something the Blazers want from him.
The Blazers open Summer League on Saturday, July 7 against Utah.
For more information on these Blazers and what to look for in Vegas, check out this article - Which Blazers do you want to see on the Summer League roster?